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Errors hand title to Johan Edfors

Swede Johan Edfors came from four strokes behind to claim the British Masters title on Sunday, his second European Tour win in six events.

Edfors's closing two-under-par 70 for an 11-under-par 277 total earned him a one-shot victory over fellow Swede Jarmo Sandelin and Britons Gary Emerson and Stephen Gallacher.

In a final round of monumental errors, surprise winner Edfors took advantage of slips by the leading pair overnight, Paul Casey of Britain and the U.S. Open champion Michael Campbell, to collect the $557,640 first prize.

That added to his TCL Classic title in China in March to make it a remarkable swing in fortunes for Edfors who has never been able to retain a tour card in the past.

The title was expected to be decided between Casey, who led by two strokes overnight, Campbell lying second after the third round, or Darren Clarke, three behind at the start of play.

Double-bogeys by Casey and Campbell around the turn and a poor start and finish by Clarke saw their chances dwindle.

Casey and Campbell needed to birdie the last to force a playoff but both bogeyed.

Edfors steadily made his way through the field and won the tournament in the end with 25ft birdie putts on the long 15th and 17th holes before a bogey on the last gave his rivals a chance.

Campbell had been the first to err when he three-putted from only five feet on the ninth after being bunkered to double-bogey.

Casey, who was three shots ahead with nine to play, then double-bogeyed the 10th when he tried to hit the green on the shortened par-four but found water.

That left the tournament wide open.

Edfors, who had lost his card in 2004 in his final event when someone stole his ball on the 72nd hole of the Madrid Open and had to qualify from tour school last November, stepped in.

A 'slam-dunk' putt on the 15th turned the result his way when his 25ft putt looked as though it would run at least 12ft past the hole.

"At the 13th I saw I was tied for the lead and knew if I took advantage of the par-fives I had a good chance of winning," said the Swede.

"On 15 I hit my putt way too hard but it hit the back of the hole, jumped a couple of inches in the air and dropped. That was a great feeling.

Campbell said his mistake on nine "came from nowhere" but the New Zealander, who had taken a month off, remained upbeat.

"The positive thing from this is that it will help my build up for the U.S. Open because I know I'm slowly building up confidence."

Clarke got back within a stroke of the lead despite bogeying three of the first four holes but, playing alongside Edfors, lost his chance by repeating the dose over the last four holes.



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